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Former Girlfriend Of Cleveland Shooter Calls Steve Stephens A "Nice Guy"

Despite the chilling video that shows Steve Stephens killing Robert Godwin, his girlfriend Joy Lane beleives he's a good guy.

Family members of Cleveland native Robert Godwin are remembering the 74-year-old while those who knew wanted gunman Steve Stephens are surprised at his actions.

READ: Cleveland Shooter On The Run After Killing Elderly Man In Horrific Facebook Video

CNN reports the Stephens killed Goodwin on Easter Sunday (April 16). Godwin had finished enjoying his holiday meal with family when he was approached by an irate Stephens and shot in the head. “Found me somebody I’m going to kill,” he's heard saying in the video. “I’m going to kill this guy right here. He’s an old old dude, too.”

Stephens recored the entire ordeal on his phone and later posted in Facebook, noting that he's killed over ten others as a response to issues with a girlfriend and work. Police haven't found any proof of other victims, but have determined the 37-year-old could be crossing state lines to Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana or Michigan in a white Ford Fusion.

Online tributes began pouring in for the loving grandfather, including photos and memories from his family. Godwin's daughter Debbie D. Godwin, posted several photos of her father on social media. Godwin, a repairer of The Breach Ministries of Hope International Church, also mentioned to those concerned for the the family that they haven't set up a GoFundMe page for her father.

Over 30 GoFundMe pages were set up by those heartbroken by the harrowing ordeal. In a statement to Heavy, the company acknowledged that while the pages weren't set up by the family, the money raised will be sent to them. We have spoken with the family specifically about this GoFundMe. It’s not uncommon for someone to create a GoFundMe to help another individual after a news report," the statement reads. "We have spoken with the GoFundMe campaign organizer and members of the family, as well as local authorities. We’ll guarantee the money will be deposited directly into the family’s bank account."

Another person who has come forward is Joy Lane, the woman Stephens addressed several times in disgruntled Facebook posts. Speaking to CBS News via text, Lane also sent condolences to the family, but called the gunman a "nice guy.""We had been in a relationship for several years. I am sorry that all of this has happened. My heart & prayers goes out to the family members of the victim(s). Steve really is a nice guy… he is generous with everyone he knows. He was kind and loving to me and my children. This is a very difficult time for me and my family Please respect our privacy at this time.”

Dawn Arrington, a former classmate of Stephens also called him a "different kind of guy." “I’m texting and Facebook messaging people that I went to school with — the reaction is a collective ‘I can’t believe that’,” Arrington said to Cleveland. “I’m completely shocked. I’m heartbroken.” She added Stephens was a “funny guy, always laughing and joking.”“It was all jokes and fun,” she said. “He was slightly awkward. He was a different kind of guy.”

“We need Steve to turn himself in,” Police Chief Calvin Williams told reporters. “Right now there are two families out there hurting. Mr. Godwin’s family and of course there are people out there who care about Steve and want to see this not go any further."

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Tory Lanez Sued For Alleged Attack In Miami Nightclub

Tory Lanez is facing legal trouble over an alleged altercation that went down inside Miami’s LIV nightclub last year. Christopher “Prince” Harty, an up-and-coming artist and Miami promoter who appeared on Love & Hip-Hop: Miami claims that Lanez attacked him last November.

The onetime reality star alleges that Lanez, along with his entourage and security team, punched and attacked him in the nightclub. According to reports, Prince claims to have suffered blunt force trauma to his head, neck, and chest, in addition to contusions, bruises and anxiety, as a result of the incident. He is suing for unspecified damages.

“They backed me into a corner, and once I was there, they started stomping on me, jumping me,” he recalled to NBC Miami.

He believes that the friction stemmed from an Instagram post about music. “They felt that I was insinuating that they stole the record from me, and I was just like, no, I would never do that, that was never my intention. I had no issue with him at all.”

A portion of the incident was captured on cellphone video. Prince stated that he knew Lanez prior to the run-in, and helped get him into clubs before.

His attorney, Marwan Porter of Porter Law Firm, called the violent incident “a chronic problem” with Lanez who is accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in July. The 28-year-old recording artist has yet to publicly address either incident.

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Cardi B Opens Up About Filing For Divorce From Offset

Cardi B took to Instagram Live on Friday (Sept. 18) to air out a few things about filing for divorce from Offset.

The Bronx rapper made it clear that she didn’t file for divorce as a publicity stunt to promote her upcoming album. “I’m not doing it for clout and on top of that I don’t need stunts to sell music,” she said. “I’m not [trying to] brag but don’t ever say I’m doing anything for clout. My first album is three-times platinum and I didn’t need no stunts to do that. My [“Wap”] single is no. 1 worldwide why would I need stunts to sell music? I don’t need stunts — [especially] when it comes to family — to sell anything, so don’t play yourself.”

As for the reason for the divorce filing, the estranged couple simply grew apart. “Nothing crazy out of this world happened, sometimes people really do grow apart. I been with this man for four years. I have a kid with this man, I have a household with this man…sometimes you’re just tired of the arguments and the build up. You get tired sometimes and before something happens, you leave.”

“I just wanna' be a free bird,” Cardi said after questioning whether people secretly want infidelity to be the reason for the split.

“I am the f**king clout,” she added. “I never needed anything. I never needed no stunts to sell sh*t.Why would I need anything to sell my next album?”

Speaking of the new album, Cardi has been indecisive about choosing her next single because “WAP” did so well. “That means that my second single has to be even better.”

Towards the end of her venting session, Cardi reiterated that she’s focusing on her work, and revealed that she's starting new business for her daughter Kulture.

 

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Barack Obama Announces Release Date For ‘A Promised Land’ Memoir

Following the mega-success of his wife’s Becoming release, Barack Obama is poised to debut his own memoir, A Promised Land, this fall. The former president made the literary announcement on Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 17).

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book and I’m proud of this one,” Obama tweeted while explaining that he tries to give an “honest account” of his presidency in the book. The release will also touch on “the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our division and make democracy work for everybody.”

There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one. In 'A Promised Land,' I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody. pic.twitter.com/T1QSZVDvOm

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2020

The highly anticipated and introspective release takes readers on a “compelling journey” and details Obama’s “improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.” Included in the memoir are striking personal details about his political education, as well as landmark moments from his first term presidency.

The Obamas secured the reported $60 million book deals around a year after ending their tenure in the White House. Michelle Obama’s book became the best-selling memoir in history.

A Promised Land is currently available for pre-order at Obamabook.com. The memoir will be released on Nov. 17.

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